The fleet of luxury cars shuttling between addresses in one of Cape Town’s smart beachside suburbs had left neighbours speculating for years about the drivers’ identity. A co-ordinated dawn raid on the Table View properties by the FBI, US secret service and Interpol this week unmasked them as the suspected bosses of Black Axe, Nigeria’s most notorious mafia.
Cape Town is now the organisation’s centre in Africa, according to crime analysts, and is allegedly led by Perry Osagiede, 52, known to his underlings as Lord Sutan Abubakar de 1st. He was arrested with six suspected Black Axe senior figures and all appeared in court on Wednesday on charges including fraud and money laundering.
Black Axe swept through Nigeria’s university campuses in the Eighties as